2016 Pac-12 Rowing Championships

Event: May 15 | Lake Natoma, CA
TV: May 21 at 11:30A / 12:30 MT
on Pac-12 Network

2016 Pac-12 Rowing Championships set for Sunday

Dhon Santos

SAN FRANCISCO – The 2016 Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Rowing Championships will take place Sunday, May 15 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Tickets are ten dollars (cash) at the door.  A broadcast of the championships will be tape delayed on Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. PT. 

PAC-12 MEN’S ROWING PREVIEW
The Pac-12 Rowing Championships feature talented, tough competition on the men’s side. Four Pac-12 men’s crews enter the week ranked in the top-20 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, including two in the top five spots as CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON sit at two and three, respectively. Also entering the polls include No. 15 STANFORD, as well as OREGON STATE who is tied for 19th. Six squads will compete at this year’s Conference Championships and five will have their sights set on unseating six-time defending champion Washington.

California looks to upend defending Conference champion Washington in the Pac-12 Championships for the first time in seven years years. Cal finished second to the Huskies in each of the last six Pac-12 Championships. The Golden Bears have maintained a top-five ranking this season, improving to No. 2 in the last two pollings. This season, Cal topped Washington for the second-straight year in the 105th Schoch Cup, the annual race between the two crews, which dates back to 1903. Washington holds the upper hand, going 73-31-1 in the overall battle. The Golden Bears climbed to a No. 2 ranking in their final regular-season race, topping Stanford in the Big Row at Redwood Shores.

The Huskies, winners of the past seven IRA titles and six Pac-12 titles have also been ranked in the top-five all season. Washington captured wins over Stanford, the Russian National Team on the shores of Montlake on May 7 in the 30th annual Windermere Cup. Winners of nine-straight Ten Eyck trophies, the Huskies look to put together a complete race on Sunday.

Stanford, currently ranked 15th in the nation, is coming off a silver finish at the Windermere Cup. The Cardinal MV8 posted a win over then-No. 17 Wisconsin in a time of 5:41.3, its fastest time since 2013 in the Stanford Invitational/Pac-12 Challenge.

No. t19 Oregon State will look to win the Pac-12 Championship for the first time ever this Sunday, previously claiming top-three finishes in four of the last five years. The Beavers finished in third place last year, with Jesse Maritz securing Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year honors. The Beavers’ 2016 season has been filled with tough competitions against highly ranked teams. They’ll look to avenge competitive losses to the top two teams in the nation at the Championship this weekend.

COLORADO and WASHINGTON STATE club crews complete in the men’s field at the Pac-12 Championships. Washington State finished fifth in the varsity eight last season, while Colorado finished sixth.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S ROWING PREVIEW
The women’s competition promises to be as competitive as ever, as six Pac-12 teams are ranked among the top 20 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, including three in the top 10 and two in the top five. Second-ranked CALIFORNIA will look to repeat as Pac-12 Champions, but plenty of other teams, including No. 4 WASHINGTON and No. 6 STANFORD, will be fighting for the 2016 Pac-12 Rowing Championship on Sunday, May 15.

California, the No. 2 team in the nation, comes into the Pac-12 Championships with one loss to rival Stanford in the annual Big Row. The Golden Bears have been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the rankings all season, with wins in the Pac-12 Invitational, Lake Natoma Invitational and the annual dual meet with Washington. California has won seven of the last eight Pac-12 titles.

Washington, the fourth-ranked team in the nation, comes into the Pac-12 Championships off its 10th-straight Windermere Cup victory and 22nd overall. Maintaining a top-10 ranking all season, the Huskies are at their highest ranking all season at No. 4. Washington has finished second at Conference championships in three of the last five years and look for its first league crown since 2003.

The sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal wrapped up the regular season securing a victory in the Big Row for the Lambert Cup. The Cardinal topped the Golden Bears in the V8 race with a season-best time of 6:12.82 for the second win in the boat in two of the last three years. Stanford took home its first Pac-12 title in 2014.

USC, currently ranked No. 12 in the country, finished fifth in last year’s Pac-12 Championships. They also earned their 15th- straight dual victory over crosstown rival UCLA on April 30 and are coming off a strong showing against No. 5 Yale and No. 9 Princeton earlier this season, tying Yale in the varsity eight for second place. The Women of Troy will contend for their first league title since 2007.

The Cougars land at No. 13 in the latest rankings, maintaining a top-15 ranking all season and as high as No. 9. Washington State swept Oregon State in its regular-season finale for the seventh-consecutive victory for the Winchell Cup as well as the Crawford Perpetual Plate. The Cougars placed third last year at Pac-12 Championships, their highest finish since 2008.

No. 20 UCLA looks for its first Pac-12 Championship since 1991. The Bruins came in sixth at last year’s Conference championship, but have top-five finishes in three of the past five years. UCLA opened the season with dual-meet wins over San Diego State and Loyola Marymount.

Oregon State looks for its best finish at the Pac-12 Championships since 2009, where the Beavers placed fourth. OSU had a strong performance this season in the Oregon State Crew Classic, defeating Oklahoma and Central Florida in the varsity 8 competition.

MEET SCHEDULE

TIME (a.m.) EVENT No. ROUND
9:00 1 MV4: Grand Final
9:15 2 W3V8: Grand Final
9:30 3 MN8: Grand Final
9:45 4 WV4: Grand Final
10:00 5 M3V8: Grand Final
10:15 6 W2V8: Grand Final
10:30 7 M2V8: Grand Final
10:45 8 WV8: Grand Final
11:00 9 MV8: Grand Final
11:45 Awards Presentation

ALL-CENTURY TEAM
On Monday, May 9 the Pac-12 Network unveiled the Men’s and Women’s Rowing All-Century Teams. The teams, comprised of 22 rowers and 3 coxswains, were voted on by a panel consisting of coaches, players, administrators and members of the media. Each member of the team was chosen based on their collegiate careers in the Conference.   

Pac-12 Men’s Rowing All-Century Team
 
ROWERS
Jake Wetzel - California, 1999-02  
Conn Findlay - USC, 1949-52
Scott Frandsen - California, 2000-02
Sebastian Bea - California, 1996-99
Kevin Still - UCLA, 1980-83
Conlin McCabe - Washington, 2009-13
Duvall Hecht - Stanford, 1949-52
Michael Still - UCLA, 1985-87
David Calder - Washington, 1998-2001
Larry Hough - Stanford, 1963-66
Luke Walton - California, 2000-01
Joey Hansen - Oregon State, 1999-2001
Donald Hume - Washington, 1936-38
Dan Ayrault - Stanford, 1956-1959
Joseph Rantz - Washington, 1935-37
Josh Inman - Oregon State, 2000-02
Mladen Stegic - California, 2001-03
Will Crothers - Washington, 2006-09  
Matt Deakin - Washington, 2000-02
Kerry Turner - UCLA, 1976-78
Rob Munn - Washington, 2009-12
Pete Donlon - California, 1925-28
COXSWAINS
Pete Cipollone – California, 1991-94
Robert Moch - Washington, 1935-36
Kent Mitchell - Stanford, 1958-61
COACH OF THE CENTURY
Ky Ebright - California, 1924-1959
ROWER OF THE CENTURY
Jake Wetzel - California, 1999-02  
VARSITY EIGHT OF THE CENTURY
Washington, 1936
 
Pac-12 Women’s Rowing All-Century Team
ROWERS
Eleanor “Elle” Logan - Stanford, 2007-11
Anna Mickelson Cummins – Washington, 1999-02
Erin Cafaro - California, 2006
Carol Bower - UCLA, 1978-79
Megan Kalmoe - Washington, 2004-06
Kristi Norelius - Washington, 1981-82
Grace Luczak – Stanford, 2009-11
Kara Kohler - California, 2010-14
Laurel Korholz - California, 1992-93
Susan Broome - Washington, 1980-82
Shyril O’Steen - Washington, 1980-1981
Jan Palchikoff – UCLA, 1974-75
Sabina Telenska - Washington, 1997-2000
Samantha Magee - Stanford, 2003-06
Rika Geyser - Washington, 1998-01
Iva Obradovic - California, 2009-10
Amy Martin - Oregon State, 1994-96
Megan Dirkmaat - California, 1999-00
Katie Maloney - Washington, 1994-96
Sabrina Kolker - Stanford, 1999-2002
Connie Carpenter Phinney - California, 1979-80
Lisa Roman - Washington State, 2009-12
COXSWAINS
Mary Whipple – Washington, 1999-2002
Betsy Beard - Washington, 1980-83
Jill Costello - California, 2007-10
COACH OF THE CENTURY
Jan Harville - Washington, 1988-2003
ROWER OF THE CENTURY
Eleanor “Elle” Logan - Stanford, 2007-11
VARSITY EIGHT OF THE CENTURY
Washington, 1997
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